Arsenal’s Europa League tie set to go ahead despite tensions in Ukraine

Arsenal's game has been rescheduled for the Olympic Stadium

Arsenal's game has been rescheduled for the Olympic Stadium

The news emerged as Arsenal were on their flight to Kiev.

Lacazette joined up with his team-mates for training on Wednesday ahead of Arsenal's trip to Ukraine to face Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League.

The Group E game had been scheduled to be held at Stadion Vorskla in Poltava - around 300 kilometres east of the Ukrainian capital.

UEFA has moved Arsenal's Europa League game against FC Vorskla from Poltava to Kiev because of "security concerns" after Ukraine imposed martial law in parts of the country.

Arsenal are monitoring the security situation in Ukraine but do not expect the country's political tensions with Russian Federation to affect their preparations for Thursday's Europa League game against FC Vorskla.

There was uncertainty over whether those who purchased tickets for the Europa League match in Poltava would be able to gain access in Kiev, given UEFA announced the stadium switch at such short notice.

"UEFA will continue to monitor and assess the security situation in Ukraine in the coming days before making any decision on potentially relocating other matches", the statement said.

European football's governing body said future games in the Ukraine, which hosted last season's Champions League final, could also be relocated. However, it is likely to cause problems for the Arsenal fans who were set to travel to the match, with reports saying about 500 away supporters were expected in Poltava.

However, UEFA has released a statement confirming the match will go ahead following a consultation with the government and both clubs.

Arsenal are already through to the Europa League's last 32 and will win the group with victory over a side they beat 4-2 in London in September.

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